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Biometrics Appointment Sc…

Biometrics Appointment Scheduling Delays

Applicants for various immigration benefits including employment authorization documents (EADs), advance parole (AP), adjustment of status, and naturalization are required to appear at an in-person appointment at an Application Support Center (ASC) t… Read More
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USCIS to Replace Sticker That Extends Validity of Green Cards

USCIS announced that starting this month, January 2021, it will replace the sticker that is currently issued to lawful permanent residents (LPRs) to extend the validity of their Permanent Resident Cards (PRCs). The sticker will be replaced with a rev… Read More
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January 2021 Visa Bulleti…

January 2021 Visa Bulletin

January Visa Bulletin Available U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released the January 2021 Visa Bulletin. Understanding the Visa Backlogs There are a limited number of employment-based immigrant visas (“green cards”) ava… Read More
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December 2020 Visa Bullet…

December 2020 Visa Bulletin

December Visa Bulletin Available U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released the December 2020 Visa Bulletin. Understanding the Visa Backlogs There are a limited number of employment-based immigrant visas (“green cards”) a… Read More
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Categories: Visa Bulletin
Updates to Educational Re…

Updates to Educational Requirements for Naturalization

USCIS recently updated its policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual regarding the educational requirements for naturalization. The educational requirements include knowledge and understanding of the English language and of the history and governmen… Read More
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What is a USCIS Receipt N…

What is a USCIS Receipt Number?

What is a Receipt Number? USCIS receipt numbers are unique, 13-character identifiers that distinguish and track cases. A receipt number can be used to verify the status of a case. They also allow recipients to track their cases online or over the pho… Read More
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New DOL Prevailing Wage R…

New DOL Prevailing Wage Rule

Last month, on October 8, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) submitted an interim final rule to the Office of the Federal Register regarding regulations governing labor certifications and labor condition applications. The rule took effect upon publi… Read More
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DHS Public Charge Rule Va…

DHS Public Charge Rule Vacated Nationwide

On November 2, 2020 the district court in Cook County, Illinois, et al v. Wolf et. al., (19-cv-6334), granted summary judgement in favor of Plaintiffs on their claim that DHS’s Public Charge Rule (84 Fed. Reg. 41, 292) violates the Administrati… Read More
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Premium Processing Fee In…

Premium Processing Fee Increase

Effective next Monday, October 19, 2020, USCIS will increase the fees for premium processing. Currently, the fee for Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing, is $1,440 for all filings. Starting on Monday, this fee will be raised to $2,500 for all… Read More
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August Check-in with Char…

August Check-in with Charlie Oppenheim

AILA‘s Department of State (DOS) Liaison Committee checks in each month with Charlie Oppenheim, the Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division at DOS for updates about Visa Bulletin progress. Oppenheim also provides an analysis of current… Read More
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Sivaraman Immigration Law’s founder, Heather Sivaraman, brings an exceptional level of initiative, creativity and dedication to the practice of Immigration Law. A 2008 graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law, she is an active… Read More
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Jing Huang, Associate Attorney, holds a Master’s degree in Law from University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa and a Bachelor’s degree in Law from China Women’s University. Prior to joining Sivaraman Immigration Law, Jing worked as an attorney in China s… Read More

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